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Nandy & Sauti Sol in "Kiza Kinene."

The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Nandy x Sauti Sol, Ethic Entertainment, Mbosso, Alikiba x Aslay, Chris Kaiga and more.

Both the new wave and the A-Listers really brought the heat this month.

Here are our favorite East African songs of September.

For more EA hits, follow our new East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.


Chris Kaiga 'Hizi Bundas'

"Zimenice" hitmaker Chris Kaiga returned this month with another club banger titled "Hizi Bundas." The promising newcomer has been on everyone's lips these past couple of months and with a jam like this we are sure he'll keep up the momentum.

Mbosso ft. Reekado Banks 'Shilingi'

Wasafi Records crooner Mbosso hooked up with Nigerian superstar Reekado Banks for "Shillingi", his first international collaboration. Produced by Wasafi's in-house producer Lizer Classic, the romantic bongo track is perfect for wedding receptions and anyone in the mood to celebrate love.

Ethic Entertainment 'Chapa Chapa'

Ethic Entertainment is undoubtedly Kenya's most popular act right now. The fast-rising group is spearheading a new hip hop style called "gengetone" and with their latest single "Chapa Chapa," they are asserting their dominance in the streets as well as on the charts.

Nandy feat. Sauti Sol 'Kiza Kinene'

Tanzania's pop princess Nandy dropped "Kiza Kinene" this month and she features popular Kenyan band, Sauti Sol. The romantic bongo flava track is a perfect blend of their sounds. This collaboration between these East African A-Listers is already a fan favorite.

Nviiri the Storyteller 'Overdose'

Sol Generation signee Nviiri the Storyteller is a talented singer and songwriter who is quickly becoming popular amongst Nairobi's youth. After his hit "Pombe Sigara," he follows up with another single, "Overdose," which sticks to the same theme of excess enjoyment.

Aslay x Alikiba 'Bembea'

Bongo superstars Aslay and Ali Kiba came together for "Bembea," a sultry bongo flava track for all the ladies out there.

Fik Fameica 'Wansakata' feat. Joeboy

Uganda's top rapper Fik Fameica teamed up with Nigerian singer and "Baby" hitmaker, Joeboy, for "Wansakata," a dance-ready bop that's quite easy on the ears.

For more EA hits, follow our new East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.


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Photography by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Price to Pay: The Complicated Relationship Between Ambitiouz Entertainment and South Africa’s Music Scene

Through all the horror stories shared by artists, it's impossible to overlook Ambitiouz Entertainment's contribution to South African music.

One of the biggest South African songs at the moment boasts a lineup of artists that blend styles for a smooth collaboration. With verses for the heads and a catchy hook for the radio, "Price to Pay" by Miss Pru DJ features the duo Blaq Diamond and Lesotho-born rapper Malome Vector.

A quintessential Ambitiouz Entertainment song, "Price to Pay" feels like 2016/2017 all over again, even if it's for just above five minutes. When Ambitiouz started circa 2015, a majority of its hip-hop artists—Emtee, Saudi, Sjava, FiFi Cooper, and others—were doing trap rap, mostly in native languages. Even A-Reece, who raps almost exclusively in English now, threw a few SePitori phrases in his rhymes. Singles such as "Tshela" and "Smokolo" released by the rapper Priddy Ugly under Ambitiouz were his first experiments with adding native languages in his verses beyond hooks.

While streaming "Price to Pay" and other songs released by Ambitiouz Entertainment, however, one wonders if, years from now, Malome Vector and Blaq Diamond will be sharing horror stories of working with the label, just like many of its previous signings.

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